March 6, 1809. SIGNED "James Monroe" on a 18.5" x 15.5" vellum partly printed and calligraphy. Countersigned by Jn. Smith, Assistant Secretary of War and Registered in the War Office
by Andrew McClary. This commission backdates Chrystie's commission as a First Lieutenant to May 3, 1808 in the Sixth Regiment of Infantry. Seal of the United States affixed to the top just left of the eagle. Clean, well preserved document with only light browning along the top edge and bottom left edge. Remnants of having neatly been folded into eighths still present.
Commissioning Document of a notable military commander in the War of 1812. Fine condition suitable for framing. Item #87
John Chrystie played a controversial role in the War of 1812, it was at the very first conflict, Battle of Queenston Heights, outside of present day Ontario, Canada. He was assigned to cross the Niagara River under the command of Major General Stephen Van Rensselaer. A dispute about rank and seniority resulted in the command being split. Chrystie did not land with the main force, ostensibly due to a broken oarlock and the cowardice of a boatman. Chrystie did cross the river later in the day, however the first major battle of the war was lost and Chrystie was subject to much of the blame. Eventually he rose to the rank of Colonel but died four months later due to natural causes.